Finding God, and community, in a loaf of Easter bread

Slava Martyn never could have imagined that one day he’d find God, in Homestead, by baking bread. With a pastry brush dipped in egg wash, he leans over the pan of uncooked dough in front of him. With the delicate yet precise hand of an artist, he paints the loaf’s bumpy surface until the entire […]

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An Easter bread tradition is resurrected in a new church

This a third in a series of stories and videos on local traditions by Gretchen McKay and videographer and photographer Steve Mellon.   As in so many Italian homes, something wonderful was always cooking in Mary Battaglia’s kitchen when she was a child growing up in Koppel, Beaver County. But nothing made the family clap […]

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This is Pittsburgh food: Almost ended by a fire, an Easter bread tradition is resurrected

This a third in a series of stories and videos on local traditions by Gretchen McKay and videographer and photographer Steve Mellon. As in so many Italian homes, something wonderful was always cooking in Mary Battaglia’s kitchen when she was a child growing up in Koppel, Beaver County. But nothing made the family clap their […]

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